Hang onto your hats, folks, because there’s another big worldly sale of International movie posters going on the auction block today at EmP!
What you gotta love about EMoviePoster.com is that you can discover some of the “best” worst movie posters ever made, which brings me to these corny porn X-Rated ditties.
Not surprisingly, sexploitation movie posters actually have a small, but loyal fan base as there have been two high-profile books published on the genre, X-Rated: Adult Movie Posters of the 60′s and 70′s, and Trash: The Graphic Genius of Xploitation Movie Posters, both of which happen to be very entertaining…or so I’ve heard!
Courtesy of EMP, let me introduce you to the designs of Penelope, an X-Rated movie poster artist (and the very first “Adult” artist featured on the Meansheets)! Although she is by no means a Bob Peak or Saul Bass, you’ve got to give the girl (or guy?) credit for her consistency in style. I would’ve loved to have seen her dirty Art Deco-y take on a Russ Meyer flick!
A few months ago, I came across the funky old-timey vintage posters of Elaine Havelock on EMoviePoster — and was transfixed by the bright, blasts of color.
And then recently, I found a few of her works for sale on Etsy from PinkPoppyVintage, but noticed that the vendor listed the artist as Elaine HANELOCK, not Havelock. A closer look at the signature does boggle the viewer…Is that a cursive N or a sloppy V? But since other movie poster galleries had also previously listed the artist as Havelock, I contacted PinkPoppyVintage to politely inform her of the minor error — but PPV quickly wrote me back that I was the one who was, in fact, incorrect as Elaine HANELOCK was a graphic pop artist in the 60′s who created mod mashups of Hollywood’s Golden Age movie stars with a psychedelic motif.
So there you have it…Whether it’s a Hanelock or a Havelock, it’s beautiful!
Speaking of EMoviePoster, they’re having their big four-part December 2010 Mini/Major Auction of one sheets, rolled posters, linenbacked items, and all sorts of everything ephemera…
One of my favorite all-time movie poster artists is the Argentinean illustrator, Osvaldo Venturi — who I didn’t even know existed until a year and a half ago when I stumbled upon his work in The Art of The Modern Movie Poster from The Posteritati Gallery in NYC.
Venturi’s elegant posters from the 1940s and 19450s are more like paintings than one sheets, filled with vivid, swirling bursts of color and large dramatic faces of movie stars (perhaps he was the one who invented the notorious “floating heads“).
The price ranges for these beauties are all over the map from thousands of dollars on eBay to just a couple ten spots on EMoviePoster if you get lucky. So, to paraphrase Ferris Bueller, “if you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.”
There’s an International/non-U.S. poster sale ending today at EMoviePoster.com and I thought I’d showcase some of my favorite, but strange and wonderful artists.
In this corner, the Danish drama king, Stevenov…
Then there’s the Polish purist, Andrzej Krajewski…
And last but not least, the French leg-man, Jouineau Bourduge…
Now for some shameless joint-promotion, here’s a web ad I created for every collector’s favorite movie poster auction house, EMoviePoster.com…
Over the past year or so, I’ve had my eye on a number of aesthetically awesome movie posters on Ebay and EMP, but I was usually always outbid. And often times it was by another bidder identified only as “Nicklyk”. So I wondered, who is this Nicklyk and why is he/she stealing away my dream collection?
Well, after some due diligence, I discovered that Nicklyk is Nick Lykiardopulo, the sizzingly stylish owner of The Image Gallery in Athens, Greece that specializes in Pop Art and, yes, movie memorabilia and advertising art (plus, he’s on Facebook!)…Unfortunately, since I can’t imagine I’ll be jetting to Greece anytime soon, I can only fantasize about what wonderful one-sheets he has adorning his gallery walls. Great stuff, Nick!
If you would like to add some old travel posters, pin-ups or even, yes, war propaganda to your collection, then EMoviePoster.com has some very special posters for you that ends today.
…or French or Czech or Swedish or Polish. That’s right, hurry up and get over to EMoviePoster.com — because they’re having a big auction on a wonderful, colorful assortment of non-U.S. movie posters that ends today at 5pm PST.
Last month, I wrote about an “unknown” artist named R. Dorero who did the Never Say Never Again one-sheet. Well, the reason this Dorero character was such a mystery is because he doesn’t exist!
The real artist who did this James Bond classic happens to be a very accomplished illustrator named Rudy Obrero who has done a whole slew of other movie posters, including The Postman Always Rings Twice, Oh God You Devil, A Fish Called Wanda as well as work on more recent pics such as The Cat In The Hat and Russell Crowe’s Master and Commander.
But I wasn’t the only one fooled — it appears that LearnAboutMoviePosters and EMoviePoster also made the same mistake. My best guess is that someone misread Obrero’s signature on the original Never Say Never Again poster and the search engines ran with it, thus the confusion. Anyway, the truth is that Rudy Obrero is the real creator behind 007′s NSNA and is still doing great work. So sorry, Rudy. I will never again mistake a Dorero for an Obrero!
Just when I think I’ve seen about every James Bond movie poster artist out there, another one pops up…Case in point: R. Dorero, who created the Never Say Never Again poster, which was also Sean Connery’s last turn as 007. As for Mr. Dorero, his whereabouts are apparently also classified as not much information is available on him. But you can get the Lebanese version of NSNA for $23 at EMoviePoster.com!
If you’re into really big, oversized movie posters, you might wanna check out the auction that expires today around 5pm PST over at EMoviePoster.com. You can spend anywhere from $1 to $1,000+ (plus shipping, of course). Here’s a few of my funkier favorites…